Phil Spector’s Attorney, Bruce Cutler, Leaves Case Over Difference of Opinion


Bruce Cutler, the lead attorney representing Phil Spector has left the murder case citing a Phil_Spectordifference of opinion and closing argument strategy. What’s the differing opinion … Cutler thinks his client is guilty? Or is it a case of rats getting off the sinking ship?

Cutler made the announcement as the trial resumed for what was expected to be the last day of testimony. It wasn’t immediately clear if he quit or if Spector fired him.

Cutler had been absent from the trial for many weeks so he could appear on a syndicated TV show. He told Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler that he was prepared to return and do the closing arguments for Spector, but now, Culter said, “there’s nothing I can do for Mr. Spector. I can no longer effectively represent him.” (Fox)

Bruce Cutler after all this time stated the obvious. Something he would have been better suited to have said from the outset.


In Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, the final day of testimony in the long-gestating trial, Cutler told Judge Larry Paul Fidler:There’s nothing I can do for Mr. Spector. I can no longer effectively represent him.”

67 year old Phil Spector is accused of murdering actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion in Los Angeles, CA in February 2003.

Posted August 28, 2007 by
Bizarre, Crime, Judicial, Murder | 22 comments

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    22 Responses to “Phil Spector’s Attorney, Bruce Cutler, Leaves Case Over Difference of Opinion”

    1. dihannah1 on August 28th, 2007 12:41 am

      Interesting news. Since being off work due to surgery, I’ve been watching this case on Courttv almost daily. It’s been very interesting. I know the judge got ticked off at Cutler for his Cross examination technics. He’s very loud and rude towards the witnesses and the Judge didn’t appreciate how he spoke to them. Judge Fidler is the most fair and respectful Judge I’ve ever seen.

    2. sparrow on August 28th, 2007 1:04 am

      Will this trial ever end? Cutler’s jumping ship, and taking his big mouth with him. Spector’s guilty, and I believe this is one celebrity that will be found guilty.

    3. Dana on August 28th, 2007 1:10 am

      I’ll have more information on this case on Wednesdays show 9pm et. Ed Lozzi will join me, he was Lana Clarkson’s publicist and knows the case very well.


    4. ldstlou on August 28th, 2007 8:21 am

      I watch the trial too!! Alot of careers were damaged in this case!! Henry Lee, Michael Bodin. There are two shining stars though, Prosecutor Alan Jackson and Judge Fidler. Spector is going down, as he well deserves!! I will miss watching Alan Jackson work his magic when it is over though!!

    5. Nut44x4 on August 28th, 2007 10:00 am

      I too think he is guilty. He is frightening to look at and to watch him in the courtroom is creepy. His body language and eye contact could convict him…imo, lol.

    6. JustMeT on August 28th, 2007 10:34 am

      He gives me the creeps. I have only kept up by reading tidbits here and there. Yesterday I heard on the TV in passing that the defense did a pretty good job proving Lana was depressed. At a low in her life. I was shocked to hear that. Maybe it was just the hosts opinion.
      I believe he said to a limo driver that he had just shot somebody. As a juror, early comments I would pay close attention to. I find that is usually when the truths come out. (ie JORAN vds)

    7. Lafontaine on August 28th, 2007 11:50 am

      The physical evidence of lack of gunshot residue on PHil Spector’s white jacket and the 18 small blood spatter spots on the left side of his jacket is inconsistent with him having pulled the
      trigger. It’s also impossible to explain how this
      right handed person is alleged to have pulled the
      trigger while the gun was in her mouth and yet there’s a blood spatter stain on the upper underside of his white jacket sleeve, in the area of his arm pit. This would suggest that his right
      arm was raised which is the only way spatter could
      have reached that area of the sleeve.

      It’s disturbing that so many are willing to discount and dismiss the physical evidence (which doesn’t lie, exaggerate, become panicked etc.) in favour of convicting, beyond a reasonable doubt, on the basis of his creepy looks and weird lifestyle.

    8. Lafontaine on August 28th, 2007 11:53 am

      I preliminarily believed him to be guilty on the basis of media hype and sensationalized and biased
      reporting. I was obliged to change my mind as I heard more and more of the testimony and physical evidence in particular the GSR and blood spatter evidence.

    9. sparrow on August 28th, 2007 2:40 pm

      Like I said before, this is one celebrity that will be found guilty of murder.

      Nut44x4, yes he is frightening to look at, his eyes look cold and mean. He gives me the creeps too.

      I like Judge Fidler. He’s a good judge, and is fair.

    10. Mike on August 28th, 2007 2:43 pm

      So the chauffer was lieing and Lana just happened to find a gun in his home to kill herself with?

      Also why was one of his expert witnesses hiding evidence?

    11. Mike on August 28th, 2007 2:46 pm

      Also what about his past history of threatening women with guns…did they all lie also?

    12. Spector needs to go DOWN on August 28th, 2007 5:52 pm

      This guy SHOULD be found guilty. If you knew him, there would be no doubt in your mind of his guilt. He has a very well known history of threatening women with whom he could not “buy” his way with. He likes to play with guns and threaten people when he drinks, this is common knowledge around my circle as well. He has had severe emotional issues for many, many years…do some research into his ex, Ronnie(y)?Spector (be my little babeeeee). His money/power has gotten him out of alot of bad situations in the past, I simply pray that he pays for this, hopefully with his life. No one around here “likes” him, he is only tolerated because of his “power.” Behind his back however, the whispers are becoming louder and louder.

    13. JustMeT on August 28th, 2007 7:25 pm

      #12! I totally agree.

    14. houston on August 28th, 2007 7:56 pm

      He is guilty, needs to be hung.

    15. Carpe Noctem on August 28th, 2007 10:30 pm

      Everytime I see that darn picture, I can’t help
      but thinking that he had to pass by a mirror that
      morning to have a quick look see…. and he thought to himself…. yeah, that looks good, that’ll work! :shock:

    16. Joyce on August 29th, 2007 12:19 am








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    17. SteveDinMD on August 29th, 2007 12:21 am

      Spector is simply a weirdo. I haven’t followed the case closely enough to pronounce him guilty or not guilty, but his appearance and behavior are quite disturbing.

    18. the mama on August 29th, 2007 7:55 pm

      I don’t know much about this case or what evidence has been presented to the jury, but I will agree PS looks pretty darn creepy. Creepy doesn’t equal guilty.

      #16 Are you nuts? Why would you post your telephone number on any website. You are just asking for harrassment. If you had posted that JVDS was innocent, I would probably call you myself to tell you what a nut you are…lol. But as I said before, I don’t know enough about this case to form an opinion. PS has already been tried and convicted by the media, which is SOP in the U.S. these days.

    19. The Dana Pretzer Show on Scared Monkeys Radio - Wednesday Night at 9PM Eastern - Guests Include Ed Lozzi, Mike McIntyre, Randy Shaffer and Pastor E.J. Scott : Scared Monkeys on August 29th, 2007 8:58 pm

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    20. Susan on August 30th, 2007 2:10 pm

      talking about a freak of nature!

    21. Juan on August 30th, 2007 9:38 pm

      Instead of his “WALL OF SOUND” he will be thinking about the “Wall’s Around.”

    22. Kelley Lynch on December 11th, 2009 9:51 pm

      An Open Letter From Phil Spector

      Sunday July 26th


      I had no voice the day I was sentenced in court on May 30th 2009 due to throat papalomas I had removed 3-days earlier on the 27th.of May. It left me with no voice. I was indeed very upset because when I was asked to address the court, I could not speak for I had no voice. What I wanted to say follows: Be it known that I, Phillip Spector had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the death of Lana Clarkson. And irrefutable science and five of the greatest, most famous forensic scientists all swore under oath that Ms. Clarkson died of a self inflicted gun shot wound, a suicide. They swore by irrefutable science. And while juries and judges lie and make mistakes, science and DNA do not. When their scientific findings and words were ignored is a mystery to me, and hopefully will not be ignored by the appellate court. And I shall return.

      But let it also be known that there IS a murderer in the court room and it is NOT Phil Spector, it is Alan Jackson. During the trial he murdered the truth, ,he murdered the constitution, he murdered the law, and he murdered my reputation, and he should not go unpunished for his dastardly deeds. He used his five little “groupies” women, one of whom recently overdosed and died from drugs, and could not be here to testify to slander and lie about me, and victimize me so that he could get his conviction without any scientific proof whatsoever. That’s because he had none. He lied and cheated and double crossed that before along with his cohort Truc Doe whenever they got to it, yes my friends, HE is the real murderer. But, what goes around comes around. And the appellate court will see through his chicanery and smoke and mirrors, and false law and overturn my conviction, and then I will be back stronger than ever, a free man as I should be. Until then, POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

      Steven, I would like this published verbatim from the beginning of this letter to the end. And tell Chris Paven to also put it on my website.



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